Did containment of Communism work?

Ana Rodriguez

Communism in China

Mao Zedong was the communist leader in China. He led his army known as The Red Army. He ruled China in Communism starting in 1949, on October 1.

Before he ruled China, he took place in The Long March. This march was the escape from the nationalist party of Chiang Kai Shek. Mao and his army went on a 6,000 mile march from west and north to escape. Mao lost 93,000 of his men, but on the march he was able to get support from peasant farmers he met.

Establishment of Communism in China

October 1,1949

After WWII after Japan was forced to give back conquered territories to China, Mao created the Peoples Republic of China and became chairmen. He created the country with a command economic system. But it is more a mixed economy.

1968 The Great Leap Forward

Mao wanted China to become more powerful. So he set farmers to work in factories. But his plan backfired. With no farmers to work in the fields growing crops, the food supply lowered and many people died of starvation.

1966 Cultural Revolution

Revolution means change. The cultural revolution was to renew the spirit of theChinese Communist Revolution. Mao didn't want anything of Chinese history in China. Nor of democratic countries. He wanted the people to focus on only communist ideas. He recruited high school students to form Red Guards to enforce the Cultural Revolution.

Tiananmen Square

College students and elders started to protest against Communism in Tianenmen Square. Tanks rolled in and started to kill the students and innocent people after 6 weeks.

The Korean War

June 25, 1950

General Chai Ung Chai's Communist divisors from North Korea in based South Korea in 6 routes. Seoul (capital so South Korea) went under North Korean control. The UN and US sided with South Korea.

August 1950

South Korean and US troops withdrawn to the Pusan Perimeter. By the end of August all UN. Forces were at the Pusan Perimeter.

September 1950

The US and South Korean troops captured Inchon. And shortly after capturing Inchon, the US forces captured Seoul. The US forces then captured the Capitol of North Korea, Pyongyang. The Chinese started to help North Korea.

October 1950, the Chinese started attacking UN forces. 14,000 UN soldiers were surrounded by 120,000 Chinese soldiers.

January 4, 1951

The Chinese captured Seoul. And by April General Douglas McArthur was dismiss by President Harry S. Truman. McArthur was welcomed back to address Congress. His speech remains a famous one in history.

June 1951

The war lasted 2 years. Enormous artillery fights around the 38th parallel took place.Peace negotiations took place hoping to end the war.

July-October 1952

U.S air strikes almost destroyed Pyongyang. Jets were first used in the Korean War. In October peace talks reached a deadlock. But resumed on March 30, 1953.

July 27, 1953

On July 27, 1953 an agreement was signed in Panmunjom. It said that at the 38th parallel Korea would be split into North and South Korea. There is is Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the countries. The armistice ending the Korean War remains the longest Cesar-fire in modern military history.

The Vietnam War


The Viet Cong used guerilla tactics in South Vietnam. Communist groups continued gaining land in South Vietnam.

US Involvment

President Lyndon Johnson recieved support from US congress ton increase invovmnet. in 1965 US combat troops were sent to Vietnam. So Vietnam was split at the 17th parallel. But Vietnam did group as one and became communist.

Ho Chi Minh Trail

North Vietnamese used the Ho Chi Minh Trail to get to South Vietnam and Camodia. In the 1960's the path increased even during the US was bombing raids.

Did Containment of Communism Work?

In my opinion, it did work. The US wanted to contain it. Although it did spread to other countries. The US kept it fron spreading to South Korea. And Communism was let go in countries thatused ti be Communist. So yes, containment of Communism did work.